Educating The Stars

Breakthrough Houston surges ahead with record-breaking fundraiser for star students in need

Breakthrough Houston surges ahead with record-breaking fundraiser

Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Consuelo Macpherson_Ting Bresnahan_Lauren Morgan
Breakthrough Houston luncheon chairs Consuelo Macpherson, Ting Bresnahan, and Lauren Morgan. Photo by Quy Tran
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Melissa Lowery, Patrice Heins, Allison Leach, Courtney toomey
Melissa Lowery, Patrice Heins, Allison Leach, Courtney Toomey. Photo by Quy Tran
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Fr. Kevin Storey_Emily Dalicandro_Fr. Patrick Fulton
The Rev. Kevin Storey, Emily Dalicandro, the Rev. Patrick Fulton. Photo by Quy Tran
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, James Stewart, Erin Stewart
James Stewart, Erin Stewart. Photo by Quy Tran
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Janice Nicholson_Yao Shen_Preity Bhagia_Pery Shure, Sippi Khurana, Michelle Miller, Nita Singhal
Janice Nicholso, Yao Shen, Preity Bhagia, Pery Shure, Sippi Khurana, Michelle Miller, Nita Singhal. Photo by Quy Tran
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Shelley Kaplan_Wendy Bedortha
Shelley Kaplan, Wendy Bedortha. Photo by Quy Tran
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Katharine Perrow, Jacqui Kneese_Sara McFaul_Nevine Webster
Katharine Perrow, Jacqui Kneese, Sara McFaul, Nevine Webster. Photo by Quy Tran
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Laura Max Rose, Ben Rose
Laura Max Rose, Ben Rose. Photo by Quy Tran
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Lauren Jones_Melissa Parigi_Lauren Ogilvie_Catie Ross, Lauren Morgan
Lauren Jones, Melissa Parigi, Lauren Ogilvie, Catie Ross, Lauren Morgan. Photo by Quy Tran
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Leslie Labanowski_Aisha Crumbine
Leslie Labanowski, Aisha Crumbine. Photo by Quy Tran
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Paige Branam, Rachel Volz
Paige Branam, Rachel Volz. Photo by Quy Tran
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Consuelo Macpherson_Ting Bresnahan_Lauren Morgan
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Melissa Lowery, Patrice Heins, Allison Leach, Courtney toomey
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Fr. Kevin Storey_Emily Dalicandro_Fr. Patrick Fulton
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, James Stewart, Erin Stewart
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Janice Nicholson_Yao Shen_Preity Bhagia_Pery Shure, Sippi Khurana, Michelle Miller, Nita Singhal
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Shelley Kaplan_Wendy Bedortha
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Katharine Perrow, Jacqui Kneese_Sara McFaul_Nevine Webster
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Laura Max Rose, Ben Rose
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Lauren Jones_Melissa Parigi_Lauren Ogilvie_Catie Ross, Lauren Morgan
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Leslie Labanowski_Aisha Crumbine
Breakthrough Houston, March 2016, Paige Branam, Rachel Volz

High-achieving students from underserved communities received a boost earlier this week when Breakthrough Houston held a record-breaking luncheon that brought home the need for change in the public school system. The tuition-free, college-preparatory program for high-achieving/under-served students was enriched by $150,000.

More than 450 educators, business leaders and community leaders filled the Flores Hall and Campus Center of St. John's School to support the program and to hear from Houston Endowment president Ann Stern. "The lack of equality in education is the biggest problem facing Houston," Stern said. "It's a moral and social issue.

"Breakthrough is proving what works," she said. "It’s an innovation that is going to put pressure on the school system to ultimately change."

Good news at the luncheon, chaired by Ting and John Bresnahan, Consuelo and Ian Macpherson, and Lauren and Brad Morgan, was announcement of the expansion of the program and the addition of a new site at KIPP CONNECT

Equal education enthusiasts attending included Courtney Sarofim, Laura Arnold, Aliyya Stude, Divya Brown, Lindley Arnoldy, James and Erin Stewart, Henry Richardson, Monsour Taghdisi, Sippi Khurana, and Courtney Toomey.

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